River Cess Professionals Network (RPN) dismisses claims by the Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) that the designated Co-chair of the National Elections Commission Cllr. Teplah Reeves, contested the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections as a representative candidate on the ticket of the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in River Cess. Cllr. Reeves was recently nominated by President George Weah to serve as co-chairperson of the NEC, pending confirmation by the Liberian Senate.
The head of the ECC Oscar Bloh, in an interview with OK FM Liberia Tuesday claimed that Cllr. Reeves is an active member of the governing party, “evident by her participation in the 2017 general elections on the ticket of the governing party in River Cess County”.
But in a release issued in Monrovia Wednesday, RPN through its Secretary-General Trokon Freeman said, it is absurd that a prodemocracy group like the ECC would choose to mislead the public in such manner.
Trokonchallenges the ECC to substantiate its claim against Cllr. Reeves, noting that the elections monitoring body is on a campaign to denying the designee from contributing to her country in such capacity.
RPN, a conglomeration of professionals hailing from River Cess, calls on the committee to do fact-checking before going public on matters which have the proclivity to hindering the professional advancement of a citizen.
Regarding allegation of Cllr. Reeves’ association with the ruling CDC, the group contends that an electoral body would not hire anyone who is involved into active political activities, revealing that Cllr. Reeves served as legal consultant at NEC during the 2017 elections. Meanwhile, the River Cess Professionals Network has congratulated Cllr. Teplah Reeves on her nomination as co-chairperson of the National Elections Commission.
According to RPN, Cllr. Reeves has the relevant professional qualification and expertise to serve as co-chair of the NEC, while calling on the Liberian Senate to confirm her. The preferment, according to the organization, is a testament of President Weah’s agenda for more women representation in political governance.Press Release